Tuesday, July 05, 2016

A Visit to the Forest Lawn Museum

I'm on vacation this week, and this morning my husband and I paid a visit to the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale.

The Museum is currently hosting an exhibit of work by Eyvind Earle. Earle, who spent a number of years working for Disney, was named a Disney Legend last year.

The exhibit, described at some length by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, includes a few of Earle's original pieces from his development of my favorite animated Disney film, SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959). It also includes numerous other paintings by Earle, which are quite beautiful.

Photography is not allowed in the exhibit, but it's open through New Year's Day, 2017, so I encourage those in driving distance to stop by and see it. The entire exhibit can be easily seen in under an hour, depending on how long one lingers at each painting. Admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Disneyland's Disney Gallery has displayed some of Earle's art in the past. I photographed one of his Fantasyland designs in 2010 and an Earle design for the Sleeping Beauty Castle dioramas in 2012.

While we were at Forest Lawn, we paid our respects at the gravesites of three actors we had not visited on our previous trip. This is the final resting place of Robert Young:

Julie Bishop, who also acted under the name Jacqueline Wells, was in one of my favorite Westerns, WESTWARD THE WOMEN (1951). She's buried under her married names, Julie Shoop Bergin. Her daughter is actress Pamela Susan Shoop.

Susan Peters is an actress who is particularly special to me, so it was especially moving to visit her gravesite. A wonderful talent, gone too soon. My July 3, 2015 birthday tribute to Peters may be found here.

Previously: A Visit to Forest Lawn Glendale, Part 1 and A Visit to Forest Lawn Glendale, Part 2.


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